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Autumn Splendour

13 Nights: from US$3712 per person (twin share) Trip Code: ASC

Spectacular colourful leaves are to the Japanese autumn what cherry blossoms are to spring. From the beginning of October until early December, Japan's deciduous trees change colour, painting mountains, parks and forests with a vibrant palette of reds, brown, oranges, golds and yellows. Read more >

This special seasonal itinerary is designed to showcase the best of Japan's kidney bean-shaped main island, Honshu during October and November. Just as in spring the parks and countryside are packed with revellers gathering for hanami (blossom-viewing) parties, during these months the Japanese flock to their favourite spots to appreciate the autumn leaves - known as koyo or momiji.

Whether you depart earlier or later in the fall you are bound to see stunning colours - October brings gorgeous autumn foliage to Nikko and Kamikochi National Parks, while the colours are at their best in Tokyo and Kyoto's temples around mid-November.

Beginning in Tokyo, a day with a private professional guide will help you seek out pockets of calm among the buzzing metropolis. In the city centre Gingko Avenue turns bright yellow in autumn, while the city's parks and gardens - particularly Rikugien Park and Koishikawa Korakuen - are also excellent places to admire a variety of fall colours.

Nikko is one of our favourite destinations full stop, and it's just a couple of hours' train ride north of Tokyo. Home to an elaborate temple complex and the final resting place of one of Japan's most important shoguns, Nikko lies in a beautiful national park and is particularly attractive from early October until mid-November. From Nikko town an easy bus ride will take you up a spectacular road of 48 hairpin turns to the waterfalls surrounding Lake Chuzenji, decked in their autumn finest.

Kyoto, the "City of Ten Thousand Temples", has no end of sights that are at their most splendid in autumn. Tofuku-ji, Kiyomizu-dera, Yoshimine-dera and Eikando are four temples best visited in the evening, as the trees are lit up to their best advantage. Another day with a private local guide will help you get the most out of Kyoto. We've also included the opportunity to try on a kimono and take part in a traditional tea ceremony. Japanese culture plays close attention to the changing seasons - it's reflected in cuisine, poetry, garden design and even textiles - so why not choose a kimono with a maple leaf motif?

No trip to Honshu at this time of year would be complete without venturing into the Japanese Alps. First Takayama, were you'll stay at an authentic inn, sleeping on thick futon mattresses rolled out on the tatami mat floor. Dinner is included on your first night here, a feast of local, seasonal produce. Then it's upwards and onwards into Kamikochi National Park. In October this area of protected natural beauty is ablaze with colour; a gorgeous backdrop to a couple of days' hiking. Finally the samurai castle town of Matsumoto provides a handy stepping stone on your return journey back to Tokyo.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • Thirteen nights' accommodation in Japan
  • Breakfast every day and three evening meals
  • Airport transfers
  • All transport between destinations
  • Seven-day Japan Rail Pass
  • Manaca transport card with 2,500 yen credit for city transport
  • Eight-hour private guide service in Tokyo and Kyoto
  • Kimono wearing and tea ceremony experience in Kyoto
  • Half-day cycling ride in Takayama
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Local transport (buses, subways, taxis) at any destination unless otherwise specified
  • Any entrance fees including those for shrines, temples and museums
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding

Trip Highlights

  • Witness Japan's spectacular autumn colours
  • Uncover the colourful temples of Nikko
  • Stay in an authentic minshuku inn in Takayama
  • Discover Tokyo & Kyoto with the help of private guides
  • Visit the waterfalls and lakes of Nikko National Park
  • Explore the mountain plateau of Kamikochi

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Autumn Splendour - 14 Days - Accommodation

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